Ask students to identify which Sustainable Development Goals are the most important to achieve in their community, and actions they can take to help achieve them.
This activity supports the development of the following social-emotional skills: relationship skills, responsible decision-making, self-awareness, self-management, and social awareness.
Ask students to use the handout below to 1) identify three Sustainable Development Goals that are the most important to achieve in their community, 2) gather evidence about how these relate to challenges experienced by community members, and 3) brainstorm ideas for actions that they can take to help achieve them.
To conduct this research, students might go on a “community walk” to gather observations; interview family, school staff, and neighbors; read news articles and books; and reflect on their own experiences.
After students complete their research, bring them together for a group discussion and ask the following questions:
Encourage students to agree on 2–3 actions that they can take together, and decide which steps and resources are needed for them to be successful. Consider watching these inspiring videos (Just a Kid, World’s Largest Lesson, Part II) about how children around the world are helping achieve the Global Goals in their community.
Facilitate a live virtual exchange, or use Flipgrid, to invite students to discuss their thoughts and ideas with your Empatico partner class. Students might share about any experiences and observations which led them to identify the three top Sustainable Development Goals, as well as actions that they can take to help achieve these Global Goals. They might even come up with actions they can take together, contributing to their own global partnership to achieve the Global Goals!
This activity was created in partnership with the World’s Largest Lesson.